Ramstein Welfare Bazaar: Thank you, volunteers

by Tracy Swift
2012 Ramstein Welfare Bazaar publicity coordinator

Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who helped make the 48th annual Ramstein Welfare Bazaar a huge success.

This year’s bazaar generated more than $1.8 million in sales, which is an increase from 2011. Profits from the estimated sales figures will be donated back to the local military community. Hundreds of volunteers from across the KMC contributed to this great bazaar. More than 220 volunteers helped during the week of the bazaar. It was inspiring to see all the support our local community provides.

“The ROSC would like to thank the 86th (Force Support Squadron) for their tremendous support. Without their team going above and beyond, the bazaar would not be possible,” said Cheryl Price, the 2012 bazaar chair.

The following groups also receive thanks for their contributions: the 37th Airlift Squadron, 435th Air Mobility Squadron, 1st Combat Communications Squadron, 86th Medical Group, 86th Security Forces Squadron, 86th Maintenance Group commander, 86th Operations Group commander, Pulaski Outdoor Recreation Center, 86th Communications Squadron, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, 786th Civil Engineer Squadron, 86th Maintenance Squadron,United Service Organizations, Air Force Birthday Ball Committee, Woodlawn Golf Club, The Exchange, Community Bank and the Defense Commissary Agency.

Price said she would also like to extend a special thanks to the “Red Shirt” volunteers.

“These volunteers are the backbone that makes the bazaar possible,” she said.

In January, Red Shirt Bazaar Committee volunteers started making preparations for this year’s bazaar. Most of them have worked hundreds of hours. Many of these same volunteers spent more than 100 hours working the week of the bazaar, taking time from work and family to make it all happen. All this donated time ensured the vendors, shoppers and supporting groups were all taken care of with a smile. 

Check out these fun facts:
» 22,653 people came to shop this year
» 8,952 cars were parked
» 2,400 FluMist vaccinations were administered
» 1,200 volunteer hours just for the week of the bazaar
» More than 5,000 volunteer hours by the Bazaar Red Shirt Committee

To help make next year’s bazaar even better, visit www.ramsteinbazaar.org and fill out the quick and easy online survey. To find the survey, you can also follow the links on Facebook to the Ramstein Bazaar page.

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